The Patriots are gearing up for the playoffs and the Dolphins, well, are not. The Patriots do have something to play for since they could earn a bye and possibly home-field advantage. In order to help you set the optimal playoff lineup, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.
The Dolphins haven't been that much worse without Jake Long and Ryan Tannehill is improving as a passer and as a playmaker. However, even in the tough matchup, we'd steer clear of him. Reggie Bush is a decent options and he can probably be considered as a must-start option. Although, the Dolphins might want to get a longer look at Lamar Miller.
The Patriots should be looking forward to taking on the Dolphins and their pass D isn't exactly equipped to stop Tom Brady and Co. Brady should be in all lineups and is an elite option. The same can be said for Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez. Rob Gronkowski is expected to return, but in a limited role.
Stevan Ridley might get a chance to show what he can do before they head to the playoffs. They'll want to make sure that he's lost his propensity to fumble.